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Diorio Presents FY2019 Recommended Budget

5/22/2018

DiorioCounty Manager Dena R. Diorio presented her Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners today.

The $1.7-billion Recommended Budget is an increase of $25 million, or 1.5 percent, over the current Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget.

It maintains the County’s commitment to providing critical services and programs for residents while making important investments aimed at improving economic opportunity in our community.

Highlights include:
 
Leveraging Technology to Optimize Service Delivery
The Recommended Budget includes $5.7 million in security-focused hardware and software upgrades,
and adds 11 new positions to provide the support needed to advance the necessary security solutions for the County’s IT infrastructure.

Community Health and Wellness
The County continues its transformation of the Public Health Department. In Fiscal Year 2018, the Board appropriated $1.7 million for transformation activities. The Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget extends this work with the addition of nine new positions and funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings, family planning services, and the Village HeartBEAT Program.

The County has invested heavily in capital projects at our parks, greenways and recreation centers. For Fiscal Year 2018, the County completed 17 park projects. The Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget also includes $441,000 to maintain these assets. In addition, the budget includes eight new positions and $190,000 to maintain new assets scheduled for completion in Fiscal Year 2019.

Optimizing Investments in Criminal Justice Services and Safety and Security 
The Manager’s Recommended Budget includes $1.7 million for safety and security enhancements, including weapons screening at several County facilities, additional security guards and security cameras at numerous park and recreation facilities, enterprise security system software, the opening of a security operations center, and increased funding for the Sheriff’s Office.

Leveraging Financial Resources
Fiscal Year 2019 is the year of property revaluation. To assist with this work, the Recommended Budget includes an additional investment of $1.9 million for revaluation notices and temporary staff to handle appeals and perform field canvassing while providing top-notch customer service. These investments will position the County to perform property revaluations every four years.

Talent Management
To hire and retain the best and the brightest employees, Diorio’s Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget includes $5.9 million for employee compensation, including merit increases. The Budget also includes a new health benefit for eligible employees and retirees by providing access to OurHealth’s five clinic locations throughout the Charlotte area that will offer same-day appointments and provide primary care services and medications at low or no-cost.

Education
The Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget includes an increase of $1.6 million to CPCC’s operating budget and $4 million for deferred maintenance of college facilities.

For Fiscal Year 2019, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) requested $468.5 million from the County. The Recommended Budget includes an increase of $24.2 million, and fully funds CMS’s request of $11.8 million for salary increases for locally funded employees, $3.5 million for increased costs for health insurance and retirement contributions, $3.4 million for charter school enrollment growth and $923,000 for additional facility space.

CMS also requested $4.7 million for student support services. The Manager’s Recommended Budget fully funds this request, and includes a one-time funding of $4.6 million for security enhancements throughout the district.

Early Childhood Education
To continue the County’s commitment to early childhood education, the Recommended Budget includes $9 million to add 33 pre-k classrooms, which will serve 600 children, and $700,000 for additional child care subsidy funding specifically for those enrolled in Mecklenburg County workforce development programs. The Recommended Budget also includes $300,000 for Renaissance West, which will provide scholarships for up to 21 children at the Howard Levine Child Development Center and life navigators to support 42 parents in their paths to employment.

Tax Rate
The County’s current tax rate of 81.57 cents per $100 of assessed value has remained constant for five years. However, to make the bold investments in early childhood education, a small tax increase is required. The Recommended Budget includes a tax increase of  ¾ of a cent, which will bring the County tax rate to 82.32 cents per $100 of assessed value. On a single-family home valued at $250,000, this increase amounts to $18.75 per year, or about $1.50 per month.

 

Budget Links

View the FY2019 Recommended Budget

View the County Manager's FY 2019 Recommended Budget Remarks

Recommended Budget Presentation (Video)

Next Steps
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive citizen input on the County Manager's FY2019 Recommended Budget on Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Residents can register to speak here. Following the public hearing, the Board will hold a Straw Vote session on June 12-13 in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The Straw Vote meetings will begin at 9 a.m.